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Knee buckle

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf D, box 7

Gold or silver buckles were popular in the 18th century, giving the finishing touches to elegant dress. They were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn by men, who wore matching shoe and knee buckles, those at the knee fastening breeches at the side.

Making buckles became a highly skilled craft at which English silversmiths excelled. Exquisitely wrought designs, glittering pastes and precious stones reflected the status of the wearer as well as the occasion. Cheaper and plainer versions were made of steel, brass and other metal alloys.

This buckle is one of a pair, with Museum no. 950-1864.

Physical description

Silver knee buckle, set with pastes. The buckle is oval with an anchor- shaped pinder.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1770-1780 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver set with pastes

Marks and inscriptions

No marks


Length: 3.6 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Knee buckle, silver set with pastes, oval with anchor-shaped pinder, made in England, about 1770


Silver; Paste (glass)


Fashion; Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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